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March.1.2010 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM

Med-Fit Honors Nautilus Warranties, Plans New Products
Trainers Sue Oprah’s Company
Genesis Health Clubs Expands in Kansas
SGMA to Lobby for PHIT, PEP Legislation
City Cuts Rec Department, Hires YMCA
Lifetime Memberships in Doubt at Naval Sports Complex
University of Wisconsin Hopes to Leverage Economy for Expansion
WebSavvy's March Article Online Now
Do You Want to Be a Speaker at Club Industry?
Facility News
Supplier News
Missing: Jeff Klinger
A Take on Tiger from a Yoga Teacher
Is Free Fitness Really Free?


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Med-Fit Honors Nautilus Warranties, Plans New Products
FALLBROOK, CA -- Med-Fit Systems will honor the warranties of previously sold Nautilus Inc. commercial equipment and will roll out at least four new products this year, according to Dean Sbragia, CEO of Med-Fit Systems, Fallbrook, CA.
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Trainers Sue Oprah’s Company
CHICAGO -- A husband-and-wife team of fitness trainers is suing Oprah Winfrey’s company, Harpo Inc., for breach of contract.
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Genesis Health Clubs Expands in Kansas
WICHITA, KS -- Genesis Health Clubs recently opened its seventh club in the state of Kansas and its first in Emporia, KS.
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SGMA to Lobby for PHIT, PEP Legislation
SILVER SPRING, MD -- Fitness equipment manufacturers and sports celebrities, such as football great Herschel Walker, will be among those in attendance at the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association (SGMA) 11th annual National Health Through Fitness Day on March 10 in Washington DC.
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City Cuts Rec Department, Hires YMCA
HOLLY HILL, FL -- City commissioners in Holly Hill, FL, recently voted to eliminate the $400,000 per year municipal recreation department and contract management of its rec center to the Volusia Flagler Family YMCA.
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Lifetime Memberships in Doubt at Naval Sports Complex
ANNAPOLIS, MD -- Once ownership of the Brigade Sports Complex, Annapolis, MD, is transferred to the Naval Academy on March 31, civilian community members who paid dues at the complex will likely lose access to its fitness center and indoor tennis courts.
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University of Wisconsin Hopes to Leverage Economy for Expansion
MADISON, WI -- Rec center administrators at the University of Wisconsin–Madison (UW) are hoping to take advantage of the down economy to expand one of its student recreation centers and will ask students to vote for a fee increase to fund the project on April 12.
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In Brief
WebSavvy's March Article Online Now
Read about the worst e-mail marketing mistakes you can make in March’s WebSavvy column, provided by Club Industry and Leslie Nolen, CEO of the Radial Group and a Step by Step columnist. Get more from your Web site by reading past WebSavvy articles on how to get more e-newsletter subscribers, analyze Web traffic and make your site more useful.
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Do You Want to Be a Speaker at Club Industry?
Club Industry 2010 is accepting speaking proposals for its conference program, to take place Oct. 6-8, 2010, at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago. If you have spoken in the past at a Club Industry event, you will need your password/ecode to sign in to input a proposal. If you have never submitted or spoken at a Club Industry event, please create a password/ecode to sign in. If you need your password/ecode or wish to submit your proposal via e-mail, please e-mail Cristina Cotto at cristina.cotto@penton.com. Deadline for submission is March 19.
Facility News
  • Life Time Fitness, Chanhassen, MN, will once again attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the largest static cycling class on Sunday, March 7, during the Ride of a Lifetime at the Target Center in Minneapolis. Life Time CEO Bahram Akradi and several of Life Time’s top Twin Cities cycle instructors will lead the class. A portion of the event’s proceeds will benefit recovery efforts in Haiti. Life Time set the record on Jan. 9 in Houston with 600 participants.
  • Miramont Lifestyle Fitness, Fort Collins, CO, will expand on May 1 into a development called Centerra in Loveland, CO, with the opening of its fourth location, according to the Fort Collins Coloradoan. Yoga, group exercise, cardio, free weights, massage and personal training will be some of the features in the 11,000-square-foot club. “This is a new direction for us,” Miramont owner Cliff Buchholz says. “We’ll be entering the corporate fitness business.”
  • The William Shore Memorial Pool District’s plan to outsource management of the Port Angeles, WA, public pool fell through. The Clallam County Family YMCA board, which was negotiating a contract to manage the public pool, voted to withdraw its offer. The move came a day after members of the park district commission’s advisory committee and several pool users protested the proposed contract at a public meeting. Pool users said they were worried that the YMCA would make a profit off of the proposed $363,552 per year contract, which commissioners say would only cover the expenses of running the pool. They also questioned the objectivity of a commissioner who also sits on the YMCA board.
  • Supplier News
  • Motionsoft Inc., Silver Spring, MD, recently appointed two new executives. Dennis Holcom was named vice president of sales, and Nikki Layke was appointed regional sales director. Holcom is based in Wichita, KS, and Layke is based near Cocoa Beach, FL. “With our additional financial offerings like billing and collections, we need individuals who understand the complexities involved in our whole range of services,” Al Noshirvani, CEO of Motionsoft, said in a statement. “Both Dennis and Nikki have unique perspectives given their previous experience with ABC Financial and bring a customer-first focus that is so important for Motionsoft.”
  • The American Council on Exercise (ACE) and the IDEA Health and Fitness Association announced that IDEA will develop a co-branded version of the IDEA Fitness Journal that will be sent to ACE-certified professionals beginning with the July/August 2010 issue. The initiative brings ACE professionals access to the latest industry news and expertise on a variety of fitness and wellness topics as well as expanded benefits for continuing education courses in every issue. This also will increase the IDEA Fitness Journal’s circulation to 70,000.
  • Iron Grip Barbell Co., Santa Ana, CA, recently outfitted the set of the TV show “Sport Science” with its urethane Olympic weight plates, urethane dumbbells and Olympic bars. “Sport Science” brings popular professional athletes together with cutting-edge technology in scientific facilities to test the limits of human athletic abilities while challenging popular assumptions about athletes and sports.
  • Curtis Mock, entrepreneur and author, recently launched Fitness Business Television, a weekly Web-based TV show for health club owners, gym owners and studio owners. The mission of Fitness Business Television is to help fitness entrepreneurs run a more profitable fitness business, while enabling them to have a little fun along the way. A new episode of Fitness Business Television goes live on the site every Wednesday.
  • From the Blog
    Missing: Jeff Klinger
    The recent Delta Airlines in-flight magazine features an article about Anytime Fitness. In the article, Chuck Runyon and Dave Mortensen are mentioned as the company’s co-founders. But there is no mention of Jeff Klinger, the other co-founder of Anytime Fitness.
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    A Take on Tiger from a Yoga Teacher
    Many perspectives about Tiger Woods have been written in recent days, but how many of them have been authored by a Vinyasa yoga teacher?
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    Is Free Fitness Really Free?
    This comes from the department of “Why Didn’t I Think of That?” A law student in New York is attempting to regularly work out at as many fitness clubs as she can in 2010 without spending a dime.
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